How The Xbox 360 Is Winning This Holiday Season

I’ve been Wii hunting.

K-Mart didn’t have any.

2 Walmarts didn’t have any.

Target didn’t have any.

EB didn’t have any.

Best Buy didn’t have any.

Even Sears didn’t have any.

And none of these places knew when they were going to get more.

I’m sure they all had Xbox 360s.

Since the PS3 is stumbling out of the gate and finding a Wii is like searching for the Holy Grail (Chris chose wisely), the Xbox 360 has me intrigued.

Apparently I’m not the only one. Microsoft expects to ship 10 million Xbox 360s by the end of the year.

And it made me think about what I really want in a next-gen game system. I want some great new games, maybe a few updates on some old favorites. I want to feel like I’m getting my money’s worth, but I also don’t want a gimmick.

I’m really interested in only 2 Wii games; Wii Sports and Twilight Princess. The new Zelda is at the top of that list. Other than that I want to check out the virtual console and the new Smash Bros. that won’t be out until Spring/Summer 2007. And since the Wii is geared more for groups and parties, I need to see more single player titles and online capability before I get more excited about it and be willing to wait in a line for more than an hour to buy one. Until then all it does is play old games and a new Zelda. At the end of the day I just don’t want one that bad.

Gimmick or not, I’ll probably still get one someday.

On the Xbox 360 I could see liking Gears of War, Rainbow Six: Vegas, and Halo 3, although I swore I wouldn’t get one after Halo 2’s lame cliffhanger ending.

The PS3 has potential, but it’s expensive and hasn’t been getting favorable reviews. The Wii is barely in stock. That leaves the Xbox 360. Despite not really offering anything really revolutionary, it’ll be under more Christmas trees. It’s not the the Xbox 360 is incredibly appealing. It’s just the only one you can really buy and play right now.

Although, the TV/Movies download features look to give Apple a run for its money.

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  1. At some point in college I vowed to not give one more penny to Bill gates, then when I got my mac I realized I had to buy Microsoft Office. So then after paying $13 for the $130 office I again regained my vow to not give any more money to Billy Boy Gates. While standing in line, the guy behind me was talking about how people have certain loyalties to certain systems. Some people are just “Nintendo” people or are just “XBox” people. It seems like every system is a different brand of what they are looking for in gaming. They each had a different brand of morals and ethics somehow. For my money, I love, I LOVE the wii. I would have to disagree that it’s “geared more for groups and parties” I had my parents play wii sports with me a couple times, but it’s a lot of fun by myself. Zelda rocks, and I also got a game called Red Steel where you are a Samurai and use the wiimote to swing the sword. It’s just fun x 10. I’m also looking forward to a game coming out later this month called Elebits. It looks really neat. I was thinking that I’d be missing the bloody games by owning the wii, but honestly I just don’t. It’s the innovation and not the “Gimmick” that make the wii fun for hours upon hours. At this point the only game that is not yet coming out for the wii that I REALLY want to play is Spores by Will Wright the guy who made the Sims. At this point it’s only coming out for the PC,and ported to other systems afterwards. Wow I really didn’t mean to write this much. Sorry :(

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